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AT THE AUSTRALIAN CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE

Based in Adelaide, South Australia

The Australian Chiropractic College is proud to deliver cutting-edge curriculum in a caring and vibrant environment.

Our Graduates & Program Structure

Our Graduates

Our students and graduates will:

  • Graduate practice-ready with hands on clinical and business experience
  • Emerge as ambassadors of Chiropractic, versed in traditional principles, contemporary science and research
  • Become leaders and representatives of the Chiropractic industry
  • Contribute to global health and the health and well-being of their community
  • Embrace life-long learning and professional development

Our Program

The ACC is proud to be the first, and only provider approved to deliver the Bachelor of Chiropractic (Course Cricos Code 107411C) in South Australia.

To achieve the Bachelor of Chiropractic, students must study a five-year program with a total of 600 credit points.

This consists of:

· Level 1 : a one year full time (or two year part-time) Diploma of Health Sciences delivered at the ACC (120 credit points)

· Level’s 2-5 : followed by the four year full time (or up to eight year part-time) Bachelor of Chiropractic program (480 credit points), including an internship in the last two years in the Chiropractic Centre.

These can be studied concurrently at the College.

The Bachelor of Chiropractic program includes:

· Course work
· Practical work
· Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
· Chiropractic practice (internship)
· Chiropractic community and outreach activities.

Delivery Mode & Indicative Student Numbers

Students studying the Bachelor of Chiropractic undertake face to face classes and practical sessions, online classes and work integrated learning (WIL). These blended study modes allows students to experience varied study environments to reflect the range of environments Chiropractors encounter in practice.

The first Australian Chiropractic College intake in semester 1 2020 was a cohort of 8 students. Since that intake subsequent intakes have increased in size and the student cohort has increased with each additional year of the program being delivered. The College expects the indicative student number to be approximately 300 students once a full cohort of students are enrolled in each year of the program.

TEQSA

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)  is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education.

The ACC is an approved Institute of Higher Education with TEQSA and our Provider ID is PRV14283. TEQSA has a national register of providers.

Level 1 : Diploma of Health Science


The ACC Diploma of Health Science (Level 1), is designed to prepare and equip students with the health science foundation study that will be required to move forward into their Bachelor of Chiropractic. Covering core areas such as anatomy and physiology, through to biochemistry, microbiology and biophysics; it is rounded out with an introduction to the domestic healthcare system, research and the study of health using a sociological and philosophical approach.

Level 2 – 5 : Bachelor of Chiropractic

ACC Curriculum
Unit of studyUnit of
study code
Credit PointsEFTSL
Level 2 – Semester 1 : Immerse yourself in the foundational principles and science on which chiropractic based. Explore the sciences from the perspective of a chiropractor; delve into the history and philosophy of the profession; begin your business and practice planning; and get hands-on as you start the honing process of your practical skills.
Musculo-Skeletal anatomy – Axial1ANAT1120.1
Philosophy of Chiropractic 1- Introduction1PHIL160.05
Immunology1IMMU40.033
Biomechanics1BIOM60.05
Technique Skills Acquisition1TSAC1140.117
Professional Practice 1: Chiropractic & the Health Environment1PROF160.05
Evidence Based Chiropractic1EBCH60.05
Pathology General1PTHG60.05
Level 2 – Semester 2
Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy 2 – Appendicular1ANAT2120.1
Neuroscience 11NEUR160.05
Pathology Systemic 11PTHS160.05
Philosophy of Chiropractic 21PHIL260.05
Psychology: (Human Behaviour)1PSYC160.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition: CMT DIV and UCS1TSAC2180.15
Critical Thinking Chiropractic1CTCH60.05
Unit of studyUnit of
study code
Credit PointsEFTSL
Level 3 – Semester 1 : Journey further into the chiropractic sciences as you start to discover the functional aspects of the human. Build on your diagnostic and technical skills and fortify your understanding of chiropractic and professional practice.
Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy 3 – Head and Neck2ANAT360.05
Philosophy of Chiropractic 32PHIL360.05
Professional Practice 2 (Professional Communication)2PROF260.05
Neuroscience 22NEUR290.075
Radiography Physics2RADP60.05
Pre-Chiropractic Practice 12PCHR190.075
Chiropractic Science2CHRS60.05
Pathology Systemic 22PTHS260.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 32TSAC360.05
Level 3 – Semester 2
Neuroscience 32NEUR390.075
Diagnosis 12DIAG160.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 42TSAC4180.15
Professional Practice 32PROF330.025
Diagnostic Imaging 12IMAG160.05
Pre-Chiropractic Practice 22PCHR2120.1
Radiography Positioning2RADX30.025
Nutrition2NUTR30.025
Unit of studyUnit of
study code
Credit PointsEFTSL
Level 4 – Semester 1 : Begin the clinical component of your training as you move from theory to practice. Consolidate the scientific knowledge and the technical skills you’ve accumulated as you take your first steps to independent practice when you are welcomed as an intern at the junior and then senior chiropractic hubs.
Pre-Chiropractic Practice 33PCHR390.075
Psychology (Clinical Psychology)3PSYC260.05
Neuro Diagnosis 13NEUR460.05
Chiropractic Practice 13CPRA1120.1
Diagnostic Imaging 23IMAG260.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 53TSAC560.05
Diagnosis 23DIAG260.05
Rehabilitation2REHA90.075
Level 4 – Semester 2
Professional Practice: 4 (Practice safety and risk management)4PROF460.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 6 (Mastery)4TSAC660.05
Diagnostic Imaging 34IMAG360.05
Special Population Chiropractic: Children4SPCH160.05
Chiropractic Management 14CMAN1120.1
Chiropractic Practice 24CPRA2240.2
Unit of studyUnit of
study code
Credit PointsEFTSL
Level 5 – Semester 1 : Blend the academic with the practitioner in your final year. Learn to care for all ages and populations through the chiropractic centre and outreach placements; be fully engaged with practice life with ACC’s network of chiropractors; cap your studies with your business plan and embark on your next adventure, the life of a chiropractor.
Diagnostic Imaging 45IMAG460.05
Special Population Chiropractic: – Elderly5SPCH260.05
Chiropractic Practice 35CPRA3240.2
Chiropractic Management 25CMAN2120.1
Techniques and Skills Acquisition 75TSAC760.05
Professional Practice 5 (Business Management 1)5PROF560.05
Level 5 – Semester 2
Professional Practice 6 (Business Management 2)5PROF660.05
Business and Ethics5PHIL460.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 8 (CHIROMAS)5TSAC8120.1
Chiropractic Practice 45CPRAC4360.3


Work Integrated Learning (WIL) / Clinical Placements


Level 4 & 5 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) clinical placements are graduated through a range of diverse clinical sites, as follows:

  • Australian Chiropractic College Chiropractic Hub (ACCCH) – College-based clinic
  • Community Care Spokes (CCS) – local, regional, indigenous
  • Clinical Outreach (CO) – sports clinics & events, clinic abroad 
  • Clinic exchange (CEx) programs – with other chiropractic institutions
  • Private practice Internship clinics (PPI) – with various host chiropractic practices

The importance of this is twofold: to serve a diversity of people and communities and needs, and to produce Graduate Ready Practitioners through a range of challenging and diverse clinical placements that provide real world experiences. The aim is to offer a variety of clinical placements and clinical supervisors and mentors to guide and develop students towards graduate preparedness. 

The College is committed to working closely with industry partners to provide a variety of clinical experience opportunities that will enable its students to further develop and achieve the learning outcomes associated with each of the clinical units. 
 

Totals across all levels of WIL students will achieveNew Patients: 45
Case Approvals: 45
Patient Visits: 275 Radiography positioning/radiography spinal series: 60 Radiology reports: 60 written with 44 approved

The College is confident that this clinical framework offers students opportunities to experience different clinical settings that provide a variety of patient care that is commensurate with their skills and competencies. Commencing with a more familiar and less complex patient case-mix of peers and near-peers as patients in the Introductory/Junior Student Care Hub, students will learn their skills and competencies in a supportive environment. As they progress to the varied clinical placement settings of Outpatient Hubs and Spokes, Outreach and Private Practice Internship placements, students will encounter more complicated patient cohorts, as expected in the latter stages of the clinical program (end of Semester 2 Level 4, Level 5 Semesters 1 & 2).

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